Universal Monsters Universe has more detail on Russell’s Dr Jekyll character. Excerpt:
Dr. Jekyll, who’s dedicated his life and resources to studying the monsters within society since the beginning of civilization. …
Will we eventually be seeing Mr. Hyde though? All Kurtzman could offer was the following, “The problem is, the person who seems to be the face of the organisation may or may not be trustworthy, and may or may not himself be a monster. So what does that mean?”
More from Empire online:
And nowhere is that better illustrated than by the presence of Russell Crowe, the man who says that line. Although Crowe’s suited, booted and bearded character isn’t named in the trailer, Kurtzman has confirmed a long-standing rumour: that he’s actually Dr. Henry Jekyll. Yes, Robert Louis Stevenson’s tortured doctor, who famously has something of an identity crisis. But thinking of him as merely the Nick Fury – or Furry – of this new franchise is not entirely accurate.
“He’s the voice that begins to tell us the history of monsters,” says Kurtzman. “He’s part of an organisation that’s been studying that. I’ll use ‘studying’ as a very loose term. They’ve been doing a lot of things in relation to monsters. One reason that he’s there is that the audience is going to need an introduction into this world, so who’s that going to be from?”
But there’s also bite to Jekyll’s bark. Again, not seen in the trailer but confirmed by Kurtzman is a fight scene between Morton and the doctor that took four days to shoot, while Jekyll’s movitations are fairly sketchy. “As a character, Nick has several paths he can go on – are you going to be the good version of yourself or the bad version? Are you going to be the human or the monster? That also describes Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde, so suddenly there was a reason for that character to exist in relation to Nick Morton. Henry Jekyll has been where Nick is going.”
And if Jekyll’s around, can we expect his alter-ego to make an appearance? Will Jekyll Hyde-out? “I would certainly hope so,” grins Kurtzman.
Moving this comment to the front –
Thank you so much for the lovely mention on your site. I and the rest of the team at UMU could not be more proud and excited for “The Mummy,” and it’s so great seeing like-minded fans so thoroughly enthused and hyped.
Russell Crowe is going to be one of the scene stealers and an amazing Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for the Monsters Universe of films.